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Bisexual Pawpaw

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Raquel starts with ...
Can I grow this pawpaw in suburban Melbourne?
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Raquel
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27th May 2012 6:26pm
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JUJUBE FOR SALE IN MELBOURNE says...
Hi Raquel,

I did grow papaya once. It was very strong tree about waist high and the winter came and it did not make it despite having a good cover during cold winter.
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27th May 2012 7:17pm
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Wendy C says...
I planted a bisexual red papaya about 6 months ago and it is growing beautifully at about 2.5 metres tall. It has been producing male flowers for about 2 months, but no sign yet of the elusive female flower. Do the female flowers come on after the male, or in the second season or do I have a dud? If it is never going to get female flowers, should I remove it and start again with another supposed bisexual, or plant some standard seedlings and see if some females turn up to keep this male company (and get some fruit)? Will red paw paws fertilise yellow ones?
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Carina
21st June 2013 1:20pm
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Mike says...
It won't change from male to female.Make sure it is a male and not a bisex,any pix? Bisex ones have a lower proportion of males resulting but are less cold hardy generally.Yellows usually handle cold better than reds but fruit don't taste as good. All paw paws can cross fertilise but you'll need a male or bisex one.
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25th June 2013 7:43pm
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Gus says...
When you say yellow do you mean babaco mike? Am I right saying all babaco are bisexual?
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26th June 2013 12:01am
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Mike says...
Gus Carica papaya not babaco and reds and yellows is a basic difference in the two main lineages.Reds really have orange flesh not red. Babacos never have fertile seeds and I'm trying to remember their flowers and they seem almost asexual but not female.
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26th June 2013 1:08am
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denise1 says...
Just for the record. Babaco can sometimes set a few hybrid seeds if pollenated by a mountain pawpaw. If the babaco is actually grafted onto a mountain pawpaw and hand pollenated then the babaco can set stacks of fertile hybrid seeds. However there is little use as the hybrids are mostly inferior to the babaco. There was a hybrid of babaco and a very small hardly edible orange fruit. The hybrid fruit were about 8cms and with a reasonable taste similar to apricot. That was in the rare fruit boom of the 1975 to 1985 era. Who knows if it still exists. It could have been improved further and been of some use. The potential still exists.
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26th June 2013 10:40am
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Phil@Tyalgum says...
Denise have you ever come across these two hybrids? I think they are still around in private collections in New Zealand judging by a Google search. I wonder if they are worth getting hold of? I need a new best friend across the Tasman.....
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26th June 2013 6:03pm
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denise1 says...
The rainbow valley pawpaw is only an improvement to the mountain pawpaw in that the sides are flat not grooved. It is still not as good as the babaco. I have used it as a rootstock for papaya. The other one is similar to rainbow valley but just bigger. The Austens of Kaitaia showed me samples of dozens of their hybrids. My opinion is that the apricot one is a good direction to go if the parent plant could be found. I will contact George but suspect the plants are no longer kept.
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denise1
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27th June 2013 8:33am
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Phil@Tyalgum says...
Thanks Denise, you are my only hope
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phil@tyalgum
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27th June 2013 9:46am
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denise1 says...
Hi Phil, I have some information regarding pawpaw hybrids to send to you if you can supply an email address.
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27th June 2013 10:33am
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Phil@Tyalgum says...
Fast work, no wonder you guys are three hours ahead..
wilkenna@bigpond.com
Thanks!
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27th June 2013 10:44am
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Georgia1967 says...
Hello to all regarding Male Paw Paw trees or plants.

I am searching for a Male Paw Paw plant which has plentiful leaves.

Does anyone have such a plant in Melbourne Victoria? By any chance?
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27th April 2019 3:31am
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